After a COVID-enforced hiatus in 2021, the Matilda Awards returned to recognise two seasons of exceptional entertainment in Queensland across 2020 and 2021.
Fittingly, the Matilda Awards honoured the indefatigable work of Actors and Entertainers Benevolent Fund (ABFQld) past President and former QPAC Producer Paul Dellit OAM, awarding him the Gold Matilda.
Paul Dellit OAM. Image supplied.
Under Mr Dellit’s leadership, ABFQld spearheaded major fundraising initiatives and generated record levels of donations to support and assist performing arts professionals financially affected by the ongoing COVID crisis.
Other big winners included interactive, solo contemporary dance work Cowboy, staged at Metro Arts as part of Brisbane Festival 2020, with two awards for QPAC Audio Visual Technician Anna Whitaker and Ben Ely’s Sound Design and The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work.
Cowboy. Photo by Anne Moffatt.
Matilda Award-winning work seen by QPAC audiences included Craig Wilkinson for Best Video Design in Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry (co-presented by Brisbane Festival, QPAC and Queensland Theatre); Darcy Brown for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in Animal Farm (co-presented by QPAC and shake & stir theatre co); and Jayden Popik for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role in Mouthpiece (co-presented by QPAC and Queensland Theatre).
Matilda Awards Chair Jan Irvine said the 2022 ceremony was a celebration of the resilience and tenacity of Queensland’s performing arts industry.
“Our sector banded together in camaraderie and solidarity over the past two years and tonight, I was proud to stand alongside so many talented individuals as we recognised and rewarded the work they produced under such challenging conditions,” Jan Irvine.
“The Matilda Awards again clearly demonstrated that the work produced by Queensland’s cast, crew and creatives is world-class.”
Our heartfelt congratulations to all winners on the night.
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.